download (1)In this reimagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan but discovers not all is as it seems within the palace.

This book was very good!!!! I think that Shahrzad was an amazing main character and I loved her to the bottom of my soul. The plot was very intense and I enjoyed all of the twists and the turns. You were always kept on your toes, that’s for sure. I loved how the character’s all had different motivations and ways to carry out those motivations. If you want to hear more about the book then read on.

The characters were very well written. Shahrzad was very likable even though she was a bit whiny and predictable. Kahlid was a pain and one of those characters who made a mistake and now everyone is paying for it. And the no one knows the real me trope. So he was sort of bland and predictable, yet I was fine with him because we didn’t see very much of him. Everyone else was okay. The arcs were very predictable but I was still happy with what happened. 

My favorite character was Shahrzad. She was amazing and really funny. She was also a really good storyteller. Her stories felt like a book within a book. It was an interesting take on the classic fairytales like Aladdin. I was sort of annoyed with the way that she pushed everyone away but I understand her motives. After all, I would have done the same thing. Or I just would have done what I had come to do. Not sure about that. But still, if my situation had been the same I would have done something similar. It was really interesting reading from her perspective. All in all, she was my favorite character in the book.

The plot was very interesting. I have never read Arabian Nights so I can’t judge how much it was based on that, but I will read it in the future because now I am curious. Just like I want the sequel to this right now because they ended with a plot twist and a cliffhanger. So you know, gimme gimme gimme. But I’m going to go with the rest of TBR pile first before it crushes me. If you read books with epic plot twists and live for cliffhangers than this book is for you.

The setting is very well done. I could imagine myself in the gardens and the dining room. It was awesome!!! I think that the author did a very good job with the setting. It made me want to travel there except I don’t know where it is. Or if it will be that beautiful. I fell in love with the palace and the desert. I think that I want to live there at some time in my life. It would be like paradise. Please, please, please let me go there and see everything.

As you can see I really enjoyed this book except for some minor flaws. I recommend it to all YA lovers. This book also fills my That Is a Retelling for the 2018 Book Bingo Reading Challenge that I participate in. The summary came from the Library of Congress. Please remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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